For some reason I am unable to recall much from my high school American history classes about the Philippines during World War 2. Most of the focus seemed to be on Adolph Hitler and what little I remember about Japan’s role in the war was of course Pearl Harbor. For that reason, I found “Remember the Lilies” to be a very informative and captivating novel. A poignant tale of life and death, the narrative portrayed the strength of the human spirit, especially in those who retained their faith and dependence on the Lord in the face of virtually impossible circumstances.
The sometimes heartbreaking tale depicted life in an internment camp in the Philippines as experienced by missionary Irene Reynolds and wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Their shared experience illustrated just how quickly life can change and how no matter how rich or how poor, everyone can easily find themselves on a level playing field in times of war or disaster.
A strong plot and equally strong characters held my interest as I finished the book in one day. Irene and Rand’s relationship grew naturally with ups and downs in the midst of hardship and heartache. I like the way the author uses flowers in her novels as a symbol of hope with the lilies in this one as the reminder of God’s care for each of us. A powerful message of salvation was interwoven through the plot as well as a strong emphasis on the importance of honesty.
I thoroughly enjoyed “Remember the Lilies” and highly recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction, especially the World War 2 era.
This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Can Irene and Rand stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom?
Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.
Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.
When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Liz Tolsma’s ‘Remember the Lilies’ Author Chat Party and Kindle Giveaway
This gripping new tale from Liz Tolsma, Remember the Lilies, is a must-read for fans of WWII-era fiction. When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, she and Rand must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.
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